On July 6, 2000 McDonald stroked his second homer in as many major-league at-bats, making him the first National Leaguer and second major-leaguer to ever accomplish the feat (Bob Nieman did it for the St. Louis Browns on September 14, 1951). Originally called up to replace the injured Eli Marrero, McDonald batted .429 in six games with the St. Louis Cardinals before Marrero returned and McDonald was sent back down. He returned the following season as a September call-up, but went hitless in his only two at-bats. (EPW)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 4, 2000: The Cardinals defeat the Reds, 14-3. St. Louis rookie C Keith McDonald becomes only the 3rd player in St. Louis history to homer in his 1st major league at bat, doing so as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning.
»July 6, 2000:
The Reds defeat the Cardinals, 12-6. St. Louis rookie C Keith McDonald homers in the 2nd inning, becoming only the 2nd person in major league history to hit home runs in each of his 1st two big league at bats. Bob Nieman, in 1951, is the other. McDonald walks his 3rd time up.